09 March 2022
Ukrposhta, the Ukraine postal service, recently launched a design contest challenging Ukrainians to design a stamp showing the defiance against the Russians, with the hope that the challenge will 'relieve the psychological stress of war'.
The competition, which closes on 11 March, invited Ukrainians to create a postage stamp design for a forthcoming issue with the unsubtle title 'Russian military ship, go to #uy!', also translated as 'Russian warship, go f*** yourself' by some media outlets.
The competition has proved very popular, attracting entries from both Ukraine and around the world, and the postal service have said participation in the competition 'has become a real art therapy for many in these difficult times for our country.'
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The top twenty entries in the competition are now on the Ukrposhta facebook page, and include designs showing:
- A Ukraine soldier with national flag standing up to the Russian warship
- The Russian warship edging towards a cliff edge
- A fist splitting the warship in half
A statement from the postal service explained how the competition will work:
'As the number of works submitted to the competition significantly exceeded the expectations and technical capabilities of Facebook, the internal expert council conducted a preliminary selection, as a result of which 20 competition works were submitted for public voting.
'Among the main criteria - compliance with the stated topic, originality of the idea, the level of artistic performance and compliance with ethics in the coverage of the stated topic on the postage stamp. The rest of the works will be included in the Ukrposhta database, which we plan to use as sketches of other patriotic postal issues.
'The competition work, which will receive the largest number of votes, will be published by Ukrposhta in mass circulation on the first Ukrainian postage stamp under martial law.'
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